The busy market town of Oswestry is not only surrounded by beautiful borderland scenery but also a fascinating mix of places to visit and attractions to enjoy. Every day of your visit can take a different direction but begin your visit at Old Oswestry, one of the best Iron Age Hill Forts in Britain.
Let’s explore north and north west of Oswestry and discover the 11 miles of the Unesco World Heritage Site of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Chirk Aqueduct and Canals. Stop at Chirk on the way for a visit to the National Trust Chirk Castle and then into the riverside town of Llangollen, home of the Llangollen Heritage Railway and The International Eisteddfod. Next stop Wrexham, a great family day out is Techniquest Glyndŵr and don’t miss National Trust property Erddig Hall. A bit further on to the Roman Town of Chester – a magnet for shoppers with Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet close by and Chester Zoo is not to be missed.
Let’s explore north and north east from Oswestry. Head towards the quintessential English Village of Whittington, complete with castle and moat. On the way take a small detour to award winning Park Hall Countryside Experience, not just a farm experience for the children but a fascinating history trip for all the family with the Trenches Experience, Welsh Guards Museum and Victorian School Room. Oswestry Showground is near here too, a great day out is Oswestry Show in August. On to Shropshire’s Lakeland and the town of Ellesmere. The lakes, or meres, have been here since the ice ages and are now a tranquil spot for walkers and sailors. Further into North Shropshire to Wem, this little town is host to a fragrant festival of Sweet Peas in July and then onto Hawkstone Follies – a wonderland of caves and grottos.
Let’s explore south and south east from Oswestry next. Leave Oswestry on the A5 towards Shrewsbury and make your first stop The British Ironworks. Home to the Knife Angel and Spoon Gorilla Iron Sculptures, this 5 star attraction always has something new to see in the world of metal. Shrewsbury now, Shropshire’s county town and Charles Darwin’s birthplace and you could make a detour to climb up to Kynaston’s cave – the lair of Shropshire’s most famous and, possibly, only highwayman. Don’t miss the tiny village of Melverley with the stunningly beautiful timber framed church nestled onto the banks of the River Severn.
A full day out from Oswestry is the second Unesco World Heritage site near to Oswestry – Ironbridge Gorge. There are 10 museums reflecting the different ages of our Industrial Heritage. Living history at its best.
Let’s explore south and south west from Oswestry. South from Oswestry will take you to the border village of Llanymynech with the old Lime Works and then a steep climb up to Rodney’s Pillar with amazing views from the top. On to another National Trust property – Powis Castle at Welshpool. Welshpool and Llanfair Railway can take you a scenic trip through this beautiful part of Mid Wales and then wander along the glorious Tanat Valley and find yourself at Llanrhaeadr to wonder at its waterfall or a scenic drive around Lake Vyrnwy could be a perfect day out.
There is so much to see and do in whichever direction you choose in Oswestry’s Borderlands, we are sure you will want to come back.